Penne is a city in the Province of Pescara, in central Italy. After the Lombard invasion, it belonged to the Duchy of Benevento, with which it was annexed to the Kingdom of Sicily. In the ninth century it was sacked by the Saracens.
The first bishop of the united sees was Beroaldo; among his successors were: Blessed Anastasio, who died in 1215; the Cistercian Nicolo (1326), held a prisoner for two years by his canons; Tommaso Consuberi (1554), suspected of having conspired against Pope Pius IV, and therefore deposed; Paolo Odescalchi (1586), nuncio to Madrid and Vienna, who built the episcopal palace of Atri. Within the territory of these sees the Abbey of San Bartolommeo di Carpineto.